Seeing a slave blast away a bunch of white slavers for money might not seem like your ideal family Christmas movie, but Quentin Tarantino is gonna show it to you anyway. Django Unchained opens next week and it’s a brutal, violent and tense tale of a slave (Jamie Foxx) who teams up with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to save the woman he loves (Kerry Washington) from an sly slave owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Only from the mind of Tarantino could something so devilish sound so delightful.

Once you see the film, odds are you’ll be wondering about the mood on set for such an intense, polarizing film. Well, look no further. Twelve minutes of behind the scenes B-roll has popped online that shows the making of the film including the master, Tarantino himself, directing his cast.

(Update from Russ: After Germain filed this, a final trailer dropped for the film, and the song that Frank Ocean cut for the film, but which Tarantino couldn’t find a place for, went online. There’s also a full stream of the soundtrack with song introductions from Tarantino. I’ve added all these below at the end of Germain’s original post.)

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Around this time every year, for as far back as I can remember, I pick and write about the ten movies I’m most looking forward in the coming year. Here on /Film I did it for the movies of 2011 as well as the movies of 2012 and, in the coming days, I’ll do it for 2013.

Before that, though, we thought it would be fun to look back at the films I chose as my ten anticipated for this year and see how well I did. Did any of these films make my top ten of the year? Did they at least meet expectations? Check out some of my embarrassing, and not so embarrassing, picks after the jump.  Read More »

This holiday season Samuel L. Jackson and Anne Hathaway both have prominent supporting roles in films that aren’t exactly cheerful. In fact, it’s safe to say, with no spoilers, that in both Django Unchained and Les Miserables, characters played by both actors experience some horrid moments.

The video below might give away a couple small things about Django Unchained, but it’s worth it to see Jackson and Hathaway get into a verbal dust-up over whose film is more sad. They’ve both got points, but in terms of the arguments put forth it’s hard to argue that Jackson is anything other than the clear winner. I went into this expected a giggle or two, but I got a lot more than that, thanks to Jackson and Hathaway both being game for the “fight.” Read More »

At 165 minutes, Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained is hardly what you’d call brief. But it’s still shorter than the version we could’ve gotten, in some alternate universe.

During a press day in New York City, Tarantino revealed that Harvey Weinstein had once suggested splitting Django Unchained into two films, a la Kill Bill. And while Tarantino ultimately decided against it, he hasn’t entirely given up hope on getting some of that extra footage out there, possibly in the form of an extended cut. Read his comments after the jump.

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This morning Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba announced the nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the event, is famous for nominating films and performances simply based on their star factor — if there’s an actor that members of the HFPA want to hang out with, they’re sure to get a nomination.

But the HFPA is great at putting on a show, and so the Golden Globes generate a lot of attention every year. And, as the NY Times points out, with the Globes nominations coming just days before Oscar nomination voting starts, there’s a possibility that nominations here could affect Oscar voting. The Best Picture nomination set includes what is already becoming a standard set of awards favorites, such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty, but there are also nominations for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Django Unchained. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen picked up a few nominations, actually, which was one of  the big surprises.

The Golden Globes will air on January 13, 2013, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. The full nomination list is below. Read More »

Quentin Tarantino may only have a few more films in him as a feature director, but we’ve got a good idea that one of them will be a gangster movie set in the ’30s. It’s an idea that he has mentioned every year or two for a little while now — since at least 2009 — and in a BAFTA talk today he brought it up once more. Read More »

Last night, the first screening of Quentin Tarantino‘s new film Django Unchained took place for an audience sponsored by the Directors Guild of America (DGA). The DGA screening was, technically, a guild affair, but a few members of the press managed to attend as well. While we don’t have any reviews for the film just yet, many of those who attended took to Twitter afterwards, and their comments are almost unanimously enthusiastic. (I’ll let you decide whether the Blazing Saddles comment is positive or not.)

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One of the pleasures of a Quentin Tarantino film is the collection of music he assembles to add context and atmosphere to the action. In the past, the director has rarely used anything other than classic tracks, most from the ’60s and ’70s, to soundtrack his films.

Django Unchained is a bit different, because he has accepted a few new tracks, from performers like John Legend and Rick Ross, and one from legendary film composer Ennio Morricone. But there are quite a few tracks in the film sourced from other films. With the release of the film’s full sountrack list today we know just what the picks are, and it doesn’t take a lot of combing to assemble a playlist.

So, below, listen to all the classic tracks in Django Unchained, which come from films such as Django (shocker!), Two Mules For Sister Sara, and Day of Anger. We’ve cut out the track titles that seem to refer to dialogue samples, and so there are no potential spoilers below. The retail version arrives on December 18. Read More »

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